Hes best understood as Fox Soccers refereeing specialist, however Machnik has actually invested a life time in the video game as a gamer, coach, ref, and much more. Michael Lewis speaks to a real American leader
J oe Machnik. That name or his face simply may sound a bell. You may have seen him operating on the soccer field as a gamer, or as a referee, or on the sidelines as a coach. Or you may have taken part in among his soccer camps. Or more just recently possibly you have actually seen him on TELEVISION as Dr Joe, when he takes on a few of the knotty issues and refereeing choices of the stunning video game.
Call him American soccers renaissance male. You do not think that? Lets simply look at his limitless resume:
He was an All-American goalkeeper at Long Island University.
As 23-year-old head coach, he directed LIU to the 1966 NCAA national championship.
He belonged to the 1965 United States Open Cup champ New York Ukrainians, which carried out in the old German-American Soccer League (now the Cosmopolitan Soccer League).
He likewise played semi-pro with the Newark Ukrainian Sitch in the American Soccer League from 1967-68 (the group momentarily altered the spelling of his name to Machnyk to make it sound as though he was Ukrainian).
He coached the womens and guys soccer teams at the University of New Haven, developing the program for the latter. When it reached the World Cup for the very first time in 40 years at Italia 90, #peeee
He was an assistant coach with the United States nationwide group.
He was the director of referees for 3 leagues the Major Indoor Soccer League, Major League Soccer and National Premier Soccer League.
He likewise coached the New York Arrows (MISL) for part of a season.
He was commissioner of the old American Indoor Soccer Association.
He has actually been a Fifa and Concacaf match commissioner.
And most just recently, that gig on Fox Sports as Dr Joe. And yes, he is a physician a PhD. It most likely needs to for a doctorate in soccer, not for education. He made that at the University of Utah when he was an assistant teacher in the School of Business, Department of Sport Management at New Haven.
Heck, he even has actually authored 2 books: So You Want to be a Goalkeeper! therefore Now You Are a Goalkeeper!
Is there anything he hasn’t done?
Machnik, 74, has actually lived the supreme American soccer experience.
Joe is among the excellent characters of the sport in the States, an individual who has actually been at every level from gamer to coach to referee, administrator in the league with a large experience and huge understanding of the video game in this nation, states Alfonso Mondelo, MLSs director of gamer programs. He has to be one of them when you talk about the leaders of the video game in this nation.
Former LIU coach Arnie Ramirez, who has to do with the exact same age as Machnik, still calls him coach and phones his coach every December to want him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
He was really enthusiastic about the video game. He instilled that enthusiasm in us, Ramirez states. He constantly asked us for our viewpoint. There utilized to be a hotdog location we utilized to opt for lunch and simply discuss the group, the gamers, and how whatever was going. He appreciated the method we played. He didnt attempt to alter our design of play. He would let you dribble in a specific location in the offending 30 if you were a dribbler. He was more of a gamers coach. It wasnt all the Xs and Os all the time. He offered us the liberty of the liberty to play.
Growing up in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn, Machnik was a hockey fan who frequently went to New York Rangers video games at the old Madison Square Garden for just 40 thanks to a high school GO card. Since of hockey, his very first direct exposure to soccer came. To kill time Sundays, Machnik saw soccer matches at McCarren Park, the regional public field.
As a Brooklyn Tech high school sophomore, Machnik was encouraged by a schoolmate to end up being a goalkeeper.
Brooklyn Tech had no field, Machnik states. We played in the fitness center and on the roofing. The roofing system was evaluated in. I tried and from the little that I understood about hockey angle play and things, I had the ability to stop shots. I was insane sufficient to dive on the fitness center flooring. We put mats down. Brooklyn Tech was excellent. I made the JV that year, my junior year. The university won the city champion. Ray Klivecka [previous New York Cosmos coach] When they won the champion, was the leading scorer in the city.
They went to LIU as the very first grant-in-aid professional athletes in the soccer program under brand-new coach Gary Rosenthal, assisting turn a group that hadnt won a video game in 2 years into a nationally reputable side. In their very first video game, Klivecka scored two times and Machnik conserved a penalty shot. The Blackbirds made a berth in the 1963 NCAA competition. We were going to play Saturday versus Bridgeport and [President] Kennedy got shot on Friday so the video game was canceled. LIU lost the following week, 3-1.
Machnik coached LIU into the 1966 NCAA last. After weding Barbara and having 2 children, they felt it was time to vacate the city. He wound up at New Haven training soccer and ice hockey.
To inform you the fact, I might hardly skate. I fabricated it, he states. I was wise adequate to work with a great assistant. He ran the practices practically and I ran the bench for 3 years.
During his Sitch period that Machnik satisfied Walter Chyzowych, and he 2 ended up being pals till the previous United States nationwide coachs death in 1994. That relationship assisted open doors for Machnik, who was assistant coach to head guy John Kowalski with the United States five-a-side group that won the bronze medal at the 1989 Fifa world champions (the team boasted such future stars as Tab Ramos and Peter Vermes) and the Americans Italia 90 certifying run.
Machnik went to the very first training school in 1970 under the famous Dettmar Cramer, who asked him to hold a goalkeeping session, triggering his profession as a keeper coach.